Find out local zoning regulations 1st.
If applicable, draw up plans and engineering and submit to building dept.
"xin Yan" wrote in message
Just purchased a single family house in NYC and plan to convert it to
2 family house. What should I do first to get work permit?
If you are sure that you can do this type of house conversion, you
need to hire a Registered Architect or Professinal Engineer to file
PW-1 form and other DOB required forms, this is Alteration-1 type.
I can help you with that.
Jay Zhu, P.E
First DO NOT TOP POST... (one reads from top to bottom, so top posting
puts the cart before the horse!)
Now, answer to the question (so perhaps you won't think I'm a total ass
hole, not that I care that much) is to first start with the town's
building inspector. He/she will tell you exactly what is required or
allowed. Also you may have to do a title search, some deeds have
restrictions to single family residences for example, and that would
trump town rules.
To make sure if this house can be converted needs to check with
zoning, FAR requirement and other zoning related issues.
you can check these information from zoning department's web:
hope it helps.
Jay Zhu, P.E
*First talk to the city zoning department to find out if your block and lot
is zoned for two family or multi-family housing. Then inquire about what
steps are necessary to get the house reclassified.
Consult with an architect to figure out what structural changes will need to
be made. Have plans drawn to submit to the city building department for
Get estimates from contractors as to the cost of the work.
Get permits for all work.
Get inspections for all work.
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